It has been determined clinically that fatalities and injury severity resulting from automobile collisions have decreased during the last five years for low impact speeds. This reduction is a direct result of the application of biomechanics and occupant kinematics, as well as changes in automobile design. The paper defines terminology used in the field of mechanics and develops examples and illustrations of the physical concepts of acceleration, force strength, magnitude duration, rate of onset and others, as they apply to collision phenomena and injury. The mechanism of injury pattern reduction through the use of restraint systems is illustrated.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Medical Association

    693 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94102
  • Authors:
    • SIEGEL, A W
  • Publication Date: 1972-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 16-22
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262743
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1974 12:00AM